Posted by: cruise2 | 7 September, 2016

Two Sister Ships For Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a member of Germany’s TUI Group, has confirmed plans for two new expedition ships. The two 240-berth vessels are being designed and constructed by Fincantieri subsidiary Vard in Norway. Interior design will be by Oceanarchitects of Hamburg.

Artist impression of the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' expedition ship

Artist impression of the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ship

The order firms up a letter of intent that Vard announced on May 31 with reference to an “undisclosed cruise company” and the contracts for the two ships are subject to finance.

The ships’ hulls will be built by Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, and final delivery is scheduled from the shipbuilder’s Langsten yard in Norway in March and October 2019, respectively.

Developed by Vard in close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the luxury expedition cruise vessels will be approximately 16,100 gross tons and have dimensions of 453 by 72 feet. Each ship will have seven passenger decks, with accommodations for a total of 240 in 120 cabins and suites and a high proportion of balcony cabins. Each ship will have a crew of up to 170.

Designed for cruising the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctica, they will be built to Polar Class PC6, and will also be capable of operating in warm water areas such as the Amazon.

On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water sports marina at the stern.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Hanseatic in Hamburg

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic in Hamburg

Karl Pojer, ceo of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the newbuildings will help the company further develop its expedition segment. Their 480 lower beds will offer 38% more capacity than the 348 berths presently available on the company’s existing expedition ships, Hanseatic and Bremen, which will have been in service for almost twenty-five years by the time the new ships are delivered.

The new ships “will also serve to strengthen our leading position in this market, in particular at the international level,” said Pojer. One of the ships will serve the German-speaking market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while the other will serve that market plus the Benelux, the UK and the US.

Sebastian Ebel, executive board member of TUI Group in charge of cruises, said: “The cruise business is one of the key elements of TUI’s growth strategy. Our ambitions are underpinned by our investment in the two new ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury and expedition cruise segments serve as world-class benchmarks.”

With Crystal Endeavour and Scenic Eclipse due in August 2018 and the Hapag-Lloyd ships in Spring and Autumn of 2019 the comparisons are:

Also being constructed by Vard, the four smaller expedition ships that are being built for Ponant, at 10,000 tons and 420 feet, will be “traditional” Ice Class 1 ships rather than the Polar Class vessels Hapag-Lloyd has ordered.

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